The elder Pacquiao, also known as “Mommy D”, reportedly said: "Tingnan mo, mga bakla, kaiinom ng pills, hindi na bagay inumin ng mga bakla kasi lalake sila. Ginagawa sila ng Diyos na lalake. Umiinom talaga sila ng pills para magsilaki ang dede. Bawal 'yan!"
This is in reference to an admitted use of contraceptive drugs intended for females by transgender males -- many of them aspiring to work as entertainers overseas. Goya Candelario speaking for the Progressive Organization of Gays (ProGay Philippines) defended the practice, saying that the practice should not be considered illegal or immoral and that many of the livelihoods of gay men in the beauty and entertainment industry depend on the effects of these drugs on their appearance.